Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor: 1932- 2011

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (27 February 1932 – 23 March 2011) aka 'Liz Taylor', was an English-American actress and former child star, who became well known for her acting talent, beauty and Hollywood lifestyle.

Taylor appeared in her first motion picture at the age of nine in "There's One Born Every Minute", followed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signing her up for $100 a week to appear as 'Priscilla' in the feature "Lassie Come Home".

But it was Taylor's persistence in campaigning for the role of 'Velvet Brown' in MGM's "National Velvet" that skyrocketed her to stardom at the age of 12.

Taylor's long career as a film performer, included her Oscar winning performance in "Butterfield 8", followed by notable performances in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", Oscar-winning "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf ?" and "Cleopatra".

Taylor was awarded the 'Jean Herscholt Humanitarian' Academy Award in 1992 for her work in AIDS research. In 1999, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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